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A former stock broker, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputy and Marine is trying his hand at a new profession. Ilario Pantano wants the Republican nomination for the 7th Congressional District.

Pantano served in three wars, and in 2004 shot two men in Iraq. He was accused of murder, but all charges against him were dropped a year later.

This is Pantano’s first run for public office. He says his experiences tested his character, and make him an ideal candidate.

“My set of experiences was being a small business owner ultimately serving as a deputy in local law enforcement, as an author, as someone who has traveled the world and got to see up close and personal what the problems and challenges are that we face,” Pantano said, “and frankly, I haven’t been satisfied with the way our lawmakers of any party, have tackled some of these tough issues.”

Pantano says his campaign is centered around creating jobs, with a focus on small business, and rebuilding the economy.

He faces Will Breazeale in May’s Republican primary. The winner of that election will challenge incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre in November.

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  • Joe Citizen

    I’m simply stunned at the hate spewed forth at a man who was never found guilty of one single charge, but exonerated of all accusations. In fact, his main accuser (Daniel Coburn) gave 5 distinct and separate accounts of what supposedly happened in Iraq. And Coburn’s testimony was so fouled-up, that he had his rights read to him as soon as he came off the stand.

    Pantano is a man who gave up a Wall Street career to seve his country. He deserves better than lies and slander hurled at him.

    If there are those that disagree with him on the issues… fine. But his detractors on this site should be ashamed of themselves.

    Yet another reason why I don’t trust liberals.

  • Guest1234

    Why wont Pantano bring out the Article 32? Not just the cliff notes he had in his book? The fact is he broke the Geneva Conventions when he un cuffed 2 prisoners and made them search through a dangerous vehicle. McIntyre has the Article 32 and he will use it…I know you work for Pantano’s campaign

  • Redhead Infidel

    None of your comment is anywhere close to true. If this kind of dirty slander is what we can expect from Breazeale supporters, then I can see that Pantano is the better man by a mile!

  • Guest1234

    Will Breazeale…he is a hero- and has more military background than Pantano…also he doesnt want to run back to NYC as fast as he can…read Pantano’s book I got it and I dont see a man wanting to serve the 7th district. I see a man wanting to leave as quickly as possible to get back to Yankee Land.

  • Grunt Soldier

    WHo-Rah for Pantano. This is a man that isnt afraid of anything. He has faced danger and killed it a couple of times just for looking at him sideways. Imagine that in Washington!

    How many men in congrsss can say they have done the things the great Pantano has doen? Huh?

    we are used to desk jockeys in Washington taking orders from the libveral agenda. More welfare, more speacial classes for the crack babies. he will put a stop to that like he did in Iraq.


  • Jimmy Smitty

    Will Breazeale is someone with military experience that is running against McIntyre. He doesnt have the baggage Ilario has. There are some reports Ilario was fired from NHC Sheriff’s Office for being a sociopath. Also, he did not get “exonerated” he got off. One of the recommendations was for Ilario to either resign or be dishonorably discharged. He could not get back in the Corps…vote for this RINO at your own peril.

  • Redhead Infidel

    That’s the dumbest slander I’ve ever heard. Is William Calley the worst boogey-man you could come up with?

  • Guest2

    His campaign manager is William Calley from the My Lai Massacre

  • Paul

    I heard him speak the other day. He’s quite exceptional, and not just his story in Iraq, but his command of issues across the board. He comes across as a man of uncompromising character. I think McIntyre has got someone giving him a run for his money this time.

  • SurfCityTom

    Good Luck; and be certain to make a few appearances in Pender County.

  • Guest7257

    I think he will do a wonderful job in Congress.

    He has my vote…

  • Mac

    This guy is a true psychopath. He was never acquitted or exonerated. A Marine General dropped the charges and did not prosecute. The same General was fired for covering up Haditha. The army would not take this guy when he later tried to join. Vote for the other Republican candidate, he is actually an honorable veteran. Pantano is self-proclaimed hero/ nutjob. Anyone who supports him is a gullable fool.

  • J Waterman

    The man has held up well with the attempts by the liberals to make him out to be a murderer. His exoneration was unexpected,seeing how the libs try to bury anyone not on their side. As a Marine,he took an Oath,and follows the creed of Duty Honor Country. Politicians as a group have forgotten their Oath. I say Vote No Incumbants in 2010/2012. Lets give Santano a chance. He will not be any worse than who is there now,and can likly do a better job.

    Semper Fi!

  • Cathy Phillips

    I am proud to know this wonderful husband, father, Marine, and human being. I teach his youngest son in pre-school and I have to say that he is one of the most loving and devoted fathers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He will be such a tremendous asset to the political arena and someone who’s word can be trusted.

  • jj

    He has my vote


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